2000–01 Boston Celtics season

The 2000–01 NBA season was the 55th season for the Boston Celtics in the National Basketball Association.[1] During the off-season, the Celtics acquired Bryant Stith from the Denver Nuggets,[2][3] and signed free agents Randy Brown,[4] Chris Carr,[5] and rookie center Mark Blount. Prior to the start of the season, the Celtics were nearly hit with tragedy when Paul Pierce was stabbed 11 times in the face, neck and back, and had a bottle smashed over his head, and was attacked by three men at the Buzz Club, a late night dance club in the Boston Theater District on September 25, 2000; Tony Battie, Pierce's Celtic teammate, along with Battie's brother, saved him by rushing him to a nearby hospital, where Pierce had to undergo lung surgery to repair the damage.[6][7][8][9] Nevertheless, Pierce was the only Celtic to start all 82 games during the 2000–01 season.[10]

2000–01 Boston Celtics season
Head coach
General managerRick Pitino
Owner(s)Paul Gaston
ArenaFleet Center
Results
Record36–46 (.439)
PlaceDivision: 5th (Atlantic)
Conference: 9th (Eastern)
Playoff finishDid not qualify

Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionFox Sports Net New England
RadioWEEI
< 1999–00 2001–02 >

The Celtics played around .500 in November, but then struggled as Kenny Anderson only played just 33 games due to an ankle injury and broken jaw,[11][12] and Battie only played just 40 games due to an ankle injury.[13][14] With a 12–22 start to the season, a frustrated Rick Pitino resigned as head coach after three years with the Celtics.[15][16][17] Under replacement Jim O'Brien, they played around .500 for the remainder of the season posting a six-game winning streak between January and February, but later lost six of their final eight games, finishing fifth in the Atlantic Division with a 36–46 record, missing the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season.[18] In the 39 years before the current streak, they had missed the playoffs only five times.[19]

Pierce averaged 25.3 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game, while Antoine Walker averaged 23.4 points, 8.9 rebounds, 5.5 assists per game, and led the league with 221 three-point field goals, Stith contributed 9.7 points per game, and Vitaly Potapenko provided the team with 7.5 points and 6.0 rebounds per game off the bench.[20] Following the season, Stith signed as a free agent with the Cleveland Cavaliers,[21] while second-year guard Adrian Griffin signed with the Dallas Mavericks,[22][23] and Carr was released to free agency.

Draft picks

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Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 11 Jérôme Moïso PF   France UCLA

Roster

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2000–01 Boston Celtics roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB From
G 7 Anderson, Kenny 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 168 lb (76 kg) 1970–10–09 Georgia Tech
C 4 Battie, Tony 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1976–02–11 Texas Tech
C 30 Blount, Mark 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1975–11–30 Pittsburgh
G 11 Brown, Randy 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1968–05–22 New Mexico State
G 43 Carr, Chris 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 207 lb (94 kg) 1974–03–12 Southern Illinois
G 44 Griffin, Adrian 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 217 lb (98 kg) 1974–07–04 Seton Hall
G 12 Herren, Chris 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1975–09–27 Fresno State
F/C 0 McCarty, Walter 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1974–02–01 Kentucky
C 5 Moiso, Jerome 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1978–06–15 UCLA
G 9 Palacio, Milt 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1978–02–07 Colorado State
F 34 Pierce, Paul 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1977–10–13 Kansas
C 52 Potapenko, Vitaly 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 280 lb (127 kg) 1975–03–21 Wright State
G 20 Stith, Bryant 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 208 lb (94 kg) 1970–12–10 Virginia
F 8 Walker, Antoine 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 224 lb (102 kg) 1976–08–12 Kentucky
F 55 Williams, Eric 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1972–07–17 Providence
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  •   Injured

Roster
Last transaction: January 10, 2001

Regular season

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Season standings

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W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Philadelphia 76ers 56 26 .683 29–12 27–14 18–6
x-Miami Heat 50 32 .610 6 29–12 21–20 15–10
x-New York Knicks 48 34 .585 8 30–11 18–23 16–9
x-Orlando Magic 43 39 .524 13 26–15 17–24 14–10
Boston Celtics 36 46 .439 20 20–21 16–25 11–13
New Jersey Nets 26 56 .317 30 18–23 8–33 8–16
Washington Wizards 19 63 .232 37 12–29 7–34 3–21
# Team W L PCT GB
1 c-Philadelphia 76ers 56 26 .683
2 y-Milwaukee Bucks 52 30 .634 4
3 x-Miami Heat 50 32 .610 6
4 x-New York Knicks 48 34 .585 8
5 x-Toronto Raptors 47 35 .573 9
6 x-Charlotte Hornets 46 36 .561 10
7 x-Orlando Magic 43 39 .524 13
8 x-Indiana Pacers 41 41 .500 15
9 Boston Celtics 36 46 .439 20
10 Detroit Pistons 32 50 .390 24
11 Cleveland Cavaliers 30 52 .366 26
12 New Jersey Nets 26 56 .317 30
13 Atlanta Hawks 25 57 .305 31
14 Washington Wizards 19 63 .232 37
15 Chicago Bulls 15 67 .183 42

Record vs. opponents

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2000-01 NBA Records
Team ATL BOS CHA CHI CLE DAL DEN DET GSW HOU IND LAC LAL MIA MIL MIN NJN NYK ORL PHI PHO POR SAC SAS SEA TOR UTA VAN WAS
Atlanta 1–3 0–4 2–2 2–2 0–2 1–1 0–4 2–0 0–2 2–2 1–1 1–1 0–3 1–3 0–2 1–3 2–2 1–3 0–3 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–2 0–2 1–1 2–2
Boston 3–1 0–4 2–1 2–1 0–2 2–0 3–1 0–2 1–1 1–3 2–0 0–2 2–2 1–3 1–1 4–0 1–3 1–3 0–4 2–0 1–1 0–2 0–2 2–0 1–3 1–1 0–2 3–1
Charlotte 4–0 4–0 3–1 2–2 0–2 0–2 2–2 2–0 0–2 3–1 2–0 0–2 2–2 3–1 1–1 4–0 1–2 2–1 2–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 3–1 1–1 1–1 2–2
Chicago 2–2 1–2 1–3 1–3 0–2 0–2 0–4 0–2 0–2 0–4 0–2 0–2 1–3 0–4 0–2 2–2 1–3 1–3 1–3 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–4 0–2 1–1 2–1
Cleveland 2–2 1–2 2–2 3–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–0 0–2 1–3 0–2 0–2 2–2 1–3 0–2 3–0 2–2 1–3 0–4 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–4 1–1 1–1 2–2
Dallas 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 3–1 1–1 4–0 2–2 1–1 4–0 0–4 2–0 1–1 3–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–3 2–2 2–2 1–3 3–1 2–0 2–2 3–1 2–0
Denver 1–1 0–2 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–3 1–1 4–0 3–1 1–1 2–2 2–2 0–2 1–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–4 2–2 2–2 2–2 2–2 0–2 1–3 4–0 1–1
Detroit 4–0 1–3 2–2 4–0 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–3 0–2 0–2 0–4 1–3 0–2 4–0 1–2 2–2 0–4 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–2 2–0 2–2 0–2 1–1 1–2
Golden State 0–2 2–0 0–2 2–0 0–2 0–4 0–4 1–1 1–3 2–0 1–3 1–3 0–2 0–2 2–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–2 2–2 0–4 0–4 0–4 0–4 0–2 1–3 1–3 0–2
Houston 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–2 1–3 2–0 3–1 2–0 1–3 1–3 1–1 2–0 2–2 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–3 1–3 0–4 1–3 2–2 2–0 1–3 4–0 2–0
Indiana 2–2 3–1 1–3 4–0 3–1 1–1 1–1 3–1 0–2 0–2 2–0 1–1 1–2 2–2 1–1 2–2 2–2 2–2 0–3 1–1 0–2 2–0 0–2 1–1 0–4 0–2 2–0 4–0
L.A. Clippers 1–1 0–2 0–2 2–0 2–0 0–4 2–2 2–0 3–1 3–1 0–2 1–3 0–2 1–1 2–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–2 1–3 0–4 0–4 1–1 0–4 2–2 1–1
L.A. Lakers 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 4–0 2–2 2–0 3–1 3–1 1–1 3–1 1–1 0–2 3–1 2–0 0–2 2–0 1–1 3–1 2–2 3–1 2–2 0–4 2–0 2–2 4–0 2–0
Miami 3–0 2–2 2–2 3–1 2–2 0–2 2–0 4–0 2–0 1–1 2–1 2–0 1–1 1–2 1–1 3–1 2–3 3–1 1–3 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 2–0 4–0
Milwaukee 3–1 3–1 1–3 4–0 3–1 1–1 1–1 3–1 2–0 0–2 2–2 1–1 2–0 2–1 0–2 4–0 1–2 4–0 2–2 0–2 0–2 2–0 2–0 0–2 3–1 2–0 1–1 3–1
Minnesota 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–3 2–2 2–0 2–2 2–2 1–1 2–2 1–3 1–1 2–0 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 3–1 3–1 2–2 1–3 3–1 2–0 2–2 3–1 1–1
New Jersey 3–1 0–4 0–4 2–2 0–3 0–2 1–1 0–4 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–0 0–2 1–3 0–4 1–1 2–2 1–3 1–3 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–2 0–2 1–1 3–1
New York 2–2 3–1 2–1 3–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 2–1 2–0 0–2 2–2 1–1 2–0 3–2 2–1 2–0 2–2 3–1 1–3 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–3 0–2 1–1 4–0
Orlando 3–1 3–1 1–2 3–1 3–1 1–1 2–0 2–2 2–0 1–1 2–2 1–1 0–2 1–3 0–4 1–1 3–1 1–3 3–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–1 0–2 2–0 3–1
Philadelphia 3–0 4–0 2–2 3–1 4–0 1–1 1–1 4–0 2–0 1–1 3–0 1–1 1–1 3–1 2–2 1–1 3–1 3–1 1–3 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–3 1–1 2–0 4–0
Phoenix 2–0 0–2 2–0 2–0 2–0 3–1 4–0 1–1 2–2 3–1 1–1 2–2 1–3 2–0 2–0 1–3 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 3–1 1–3 2–2 3–1 2–0 2–2 3–1 1–1
Portland 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–2 2–2 2–0 4–0 3–1 2–0 2–2 2–2 1–1 2–0 1–3 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–3 1–3 1–3 2–2 2–0 3–1 2–2 2–0
Sacramento 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–2 2–2 2–0 4–0 4–0 0–2 3–1 1–3 1–1 0–2 2–2 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 3–1 3–1 2–2 2–2 2–0 3–1 4–0 2–0
San Antonio 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 3–1 2–2 2–0 4–0 3–1 2–0 4–0 2–2 1–1 0–2 3–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–2 3–1 2–2 3–1 1–1 4–0 4–0 2–0
Seattle 1–1 0–2 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–3 2–2 0–2 4–0 2–2 1–1 4–0 4–0 1–1 2–0 1–3 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–3 2–2 2–2 1–3 0–2 0–4 3–1 2–0
Toronto 2–2 3–1 1–3 4–0 4–0 0–2 2–0 2–2 2–0 0–2 4–0 1–1 0–2 2–2 1–3 0–2 2–1 3–1 1–2 3–1 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 4–0
Utah 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–2 3–1 2–0 3–1 3–1 2–0 4–0 2–2 1–1 0–2 2–2 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–2 1–3 1–3 4–0 1–3 0–2 4–0 2–0
Vancouver 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–3 0–4 1–1 3–1 0–4 0–2 2–2 0–4 0–2 1–1 1–3 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–3 2–2 0–4 0–4 1–3 0–2 0–4 2–0
Washington 2–2 1–3 2–2 1–2 2–2 0–2 1–1 2–1 2–0 0–2 0–4 1–1 0–2 0–4 1–3 1–1 1–3 0–4 1–3 0–4 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–4 0–2 0–2

Game log

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Player statistics

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Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game

Awards and records

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Transactions

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See also

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References

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